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Enchanting Cat’s Whiskers (the plant)

November 3, 2015
Cat's Whiskers plant

Cat’s Whiskers plant

We recently spent a wonderful week on the big island of Hawaii.  One warm and muggy day we visited the Hawaiian Botanical Tropical Gardens. Going down the walkway into the park, I had the illusion of entering Jurassic Park. There were green plants, bushes, trees in every direction –  up, down & all around. Adding to the fantasy were wild orchids in the trees, colorful tropical plants, and splashing waterfalls.

Cat's Whiskers Plant

Along one side of the path I noticed spiky looking white flowers on bright green foliage. Looking closer, I discovered an enchanting bloom with long, delicate protruding hairs.  My first thought was “that looks just like cat whiskers!”.  After searching for the name signage, you can easily guess what name I discovered.

Since this is my new favorite plant, I wanted to find out more about it and how to grow it.  From East Asia, its proper botanical name is Orthosiphon aristatus, but is better known as Java tea. Used in herbal medicine, this mint related plant is known to aid in treatment of kidney stones, gallstones, urinary tract infections and much more.

However useful, I like the plant for its ornamental beauty. The bright white, long stamens have a touch of whimsy and look striking against the deep green leaves. And as a bonus, the nectar attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Growing best in a tropical climate, with proper care Cat’s Whiskers can be grown in sunny climates.  I am determined to give it a try and start my own enchanted garden!

Are you a cat lover? I invite you to visit my website for unique and whimsical gifts & décor with a cat theme. And I welcome you to post any photos of your Cat’s Whiskers plant to this blog in the comments!

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Cat Ceramic Tiles – The Most Innovative, Fun & Functional Gift!

November 9, 2013

Haven’t you, now or some time in your life, owned a ceramic tile? Maybe not a cat tile, but a tile?

Furry Cat Ceramic Tile, 8x8

“Furry Cat” Tile, 8″x8″

Cat ceramic tiles can be one of the most versatile items you can own or give as a gift to a cat lover. They are not just for floors! We have accumulated a list of some of the many fun and innovative ways to put these decorative tiles to use.  Read on…

DISPLAY- Place your tile on a plate stand to set on a counter or table to showcase the tile design. We are partial to showing cat designs of course.

TRIVETS- Being heat-resistant, tiles make the perfect barrier to protect your linens or table top from hot dishes.

COASTERS- 4″ x 4″ tiles are perfect for drink coasters. Mix and match fun and colorful designs to delight your guests.

4x4 ceramic cat tiles

Set of 4″x4″ Cartoon Cat Tiles

KITCHEN- Use as a sink or stove backsplash to protect your wall. Tiles can be mounted or you can also just set a couple of tiles behind your faucet or stove for a quick decorative look for a party, holiday or any day!

BATHROOM- Cat lovers can frame a shower or bath with cat tiles for a fun look. Or set in as accents pieces with other background tiles.

GARDEN/PATIO- Border your garden or patio with cat tiles for a totally unique look.  Embellish a fence with select tiles. Or set your potted plant or flowers on color coordinated tiles.

Black & White Cat w/Flowers 8x8 Ceramic Tile

Black & White Cat w/Flowers on 8″ x 8″ Tile

FRAMED ART- Put your favorite cat tile in a special frame & hang for wall decor.

FIREPLACE- Be different! Surround your fireplace with tiles, using cat images as special accents.

CANDLE PLATE- Again, being heat-resistant make tiles a good base for a candle. Make a colorful grouping.

CRAFT PROJECTS- Last but not least, think of the multitude of uses for tiles in a creative craft project. Use them whole, or if you happen to have some broken ones, make a mosaic! They are also good to use as a base to work on with clay or paints as they are stain resistant.

THE PERFECT CAT LOVER GIFT- We couldn’t end without mentioning our wonderful selection of cat tiles we offer on our website in various sizes. We invite you to check it out!

Now that you have started thinking about it, I bet you can come up with even more great ideas for cat ceramic tiles! We’d love to have a comment about a project you have done with your tiles.

Ceramic Cat Tile, What Mattters Most

“What Matters Most” Cat Tile,8″x8″